Last Update on: April 7th, 2022 at 03:00 pm
Former South Africa women’s team skipper Mignon du Preez on Thursday announced her retirement from ODI and Test cricket with immediate effect in order to focus completely on the T20 format and give importance to her family.
Du Preez played 154 One-Day International matches for South Africa since she made her debut against Pakistan in January 2007 in Pretoria. She played just one Test match in her career against India in 2014 in Mysore, du Preez was the captain of the Proteas women and made 102 in the first innings.
I feel the time is right to announce my retirement from the longer formats: Mignon du Preez
The 32-year-old scored 3760 runs in 141 ODI innings at 32.98 with 18 half-centuries and a couple of hundreds. Her best score of 116* was recorded against Ireland women in 2016 in Dublin. Du Preez was part of South Africa’s squad for the ICC Women’s World Cup 2022 in New Zealand, she amassed 161 in eight innings.
“I’ve been wonderfully fortunate to play in four ICC ODI World Cups to date. These have been some of my most treasured memories in life. I would however love to prioritize time with my family and hopefully start a family of my own soon,” du Preez said in a statement issued by Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday.
“I feel the time is right to announce my retirement from the longer format of the game and focus my attention on T20 cricket going forward. Thus, I decided to retire from ODI cricket at the completion of our recent World Cup in New Zealand.
“I feel South African women’s cricket is in a very healthy state and the time is right to step away and allow the next generation of exciting cricketers to continue to grow this beautiful game of ours,” the statement further added.
Mignon du Preez is a champion of women’s cricket in South Africa: CSA CEO
CSA CEO Pholetsi Moseki said du Preez has set herself as an inspiration to young girls in the country and the board is saddened by her retirement.
“Mignon is a champion of women’s cricket in South Africa and the world at large. A true example for any young girl who wants to take up the sport; that anything is possible through dedication, determination, and ever-lasting inquisitiveness to your craft while maintaining kindness and humility,” Moseki said.
“Although CSA is saddened by her departure from the longer formats of the game after more than 150 caps and 3,000 runs, we will take solace from the legacy she leaves behind and await with pleasure to witness how she will continue contributing to the game she holds so dear to her heart,” he added.
Du Preez will be available for selection in the T20I team as South Africa women’s team is scheduled to tour England in the period of June-July this year to play a solitary Test, three ODIS, and three T20I matches.